Monday, October 22, 2007

Mysuru Dasara

Its been a long time since my last blog. But now i have a lot of things to share !! its festive season. Navaratri , Diwali .. all that enjoyment and some facts :). Everyone knows about the grand Mysore Dasara procession. One of the major tourist attractions during the festivities . But not many know about the 400 year old very interesting , intriguing facts in pages of history. I hate history because of the low scores i used to get in schooling days ! :) . But when u find out more about it , its so full of surprises. So after a not so long introduction about what i want to share , ill come to the point .

This is about the family of Mysore Maharajas .And the history books state these interesting facts. During the time of Vijaynagar empire , mysore was a subordinate kingdom , indirectly under the rule of Vijaynagar Kings. But in dew course when Vijaynagar lost its peak and other provinces became powerful the king of mysore at that time declared Mysore as an independent kingdom . It was not long when Vijaynagar gained back its lost power and the king of Mysore was defeated .

But an offensive was raged against the Vijaynagar kingdom by the ministers and army commanders of the Mysore empire . A conspiracy that led to the death of the king of Vijaynagar , leaving Vijaynagar at the mercy of the conspirators who took control of it . Alamelu was the queen of Vijaynagar at that time . Being a very rich empire Vijaynagar queen had a lot of jewelry with her . And her love for these jewels , led to a not so popular but interesting event in history of Mysore dynasty .

The king of Mysore wanted that those jewels be a part of his treasury and planned to have it by force as Alamelu had not agreed to part with it. Alamelu came to know about the intentions of the king . When messengers from the Mysore king arrived , they told her to part with the jewels as it would be made a part of the temple riches. But Alamelu did not budge and went on hiding near the now Talkad. But the kings spies got to know this and tried to take the jewels forcefully from her . Angered by this Alamelu jumped in to the cauvery river and cursed the Mysore king . The curse was :
Let the place where im drowning become a "madu" ( a very deep hole admist of a shallow place beneath water) , and that the whole of Talkad get submerged in sand , and let the King of Mysore not have any kids!!.
400 years after that curse , even now the King of Mysore does not have a kid . Few months after Alamelu's death Talkad got submerged in sand as a result of flooding . Even now the king of Mysore adopts a son . Till date there has not been a single natural heir to the thrown. Interesting point its been happening for almost 400 years now!!. Also the adopted child , who then becomes the King of Mysore will have a successor , as he is not the natural successor of the throne .But this successor wont have no kids!!. Amazing isnt it.
The current maharaja Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar is the son of Jaichamarajendra Wadiyar . Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar has no kids !!.

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